Sports Briefs for July 16

HRV water polo info sessions July 18 and 27

The Hood River Valley High School water polo season starts soon, with team practice beginning Aug. 15. New players are welcome. Season kick-off info sessions for parents will be held at the Aquatic Center party room on Monday, July 18, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, July 27, at 6 p.m. Choose whichever info session fits your schedule. Meet coaches, get information about the season, learn answers to questions about registration and fees, and sign up to help volunteer and/or fundraise.

Hood River athletes place well in TrackTown Youth League Champs

Young jumpers, runners and throwers had a good showing last weekend at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon campus where they competed in the Tracktown Youth League Championships — a track and field competition open to kids around the state ages 8-14. Five athletes placed in the top three for Hood River: Chloe Bullock, Ellie Rising, Massimo Blanco, Chase Talmage, and Dylan Beneventi. Bullock took first in the girls 13-14 400-meter dash with a time of 64.76 seconds. Rising took second in the same event with a time of 65.29 and also took the silver in her age group’s 1500 run with a time of 4:59.66. Blanco took the gold in the boys 8-10 javelin with a throw of 91 feet, 4 inches and Talmage took bronze in the same event with an attempt of 77-1. Beneventi placed third in the boys 13-14 1500, running the event in 4:54.19 Also competing from Hood River at the championships were Jocelyn Jimenez, Nicolena Thiemann, Megan Griggs, Lauren Griggs, Brinna Weiseth, Mariana Santillan, Elliot Hawley, Noah Conner, Oscar Erdmann, and Mateo Campos-Davis.

Youth “Fun and Run” camps coming early August

Hood River Middle School’s track will be the site of two “Fun and Run” camps the beginning of August. There will be a camp for elementary students Aug. 1-2 and one for middle school students Aug. 3-4. Both camps run from 8-10 a.m. The cost of the camps is $25; parents can register their kids on the Community Ed website (go to and select “Track & Field, Cross Country & Running” from the “Sports” drop-down menu). Anyone with questions can contact Brandon Bertram at

Bridge of the Gods Kitefest July 29-31

The 16th Annual Bridge of the Gods Kitefest returns in less than two weeks, as both amateur and pro kiteboarders will try to woo and wow judges with their aerial maneuvers at the Port of Skamania County in Stevenson. The event starts off with the pro competition Friday, July 29 at 11 a.m. and continues Saturday with the amateur division that kicks off at 10 a.m.; all-day party on the beach both days. If there’s good wind, riders will also compete in the Blow Out downwinder race Sunday morning that runs from Stevenson to Hood River. For more information, go to

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